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  1. Check in Avanti Magazine or Turning Wheels...I believe there's a vendor who sells stainless steel replacement cables. Take care of it now before yours does break...it's not if but when after so many years. Some have said speedometer cable lube works well but replacing it is best.
  2. Most likely is the tach sending unit is bad. There's two kinds...look under the driver side of the dash and you should be able to see the sending unit attached the the steering column bracket. The early type is a round, flat can and the second a smaller, square plastic case...both types have wiring going in a out. Whichever type you have can be rebuilt or replaced. Look in either Avanti Magazine or Turning Wheels and you'll find vendors who have either rebuilding services or sell modern replacements. As far as the clock goes...that's normal for it to not be working after so many years. A good clock shop should be able to clean and repair whatever it needs.
  3. There was just an article in the Washington Post regarding Teslas and some other electric cars and how they prioritize their designs. It seems Tesla designers push the envelope on battery technology and prioritize performance over durability and longevity....their batteries don't have a long life and performance degrades faster than other designs which don't have the range of a Tesla but battery life and recharge performance is better. Owners have reported their Teslas start losing runtime and range fairly quickly and require battery replacement more often than expected. Teslas have also reportedly run the risks of fires far more often than other makes. The article does highlight how there's no free lunch...to get something (range and performance) you have to give up something (durability and battery life). Link to the story...Tesla article
  4. Since it's been so long for the supercharger being rebuilt...however that term is defined...it should be disassembled again and gone through. The planetary balls should be mic'd for consistency in size and to make sure the surfaces are smooth and not pitted. Once reassembled non-synthetic transmission or supercharger fluid should be used...synthetic is actually not good for such designs as the planetary balls will tend to get scuffed from too good lubrication causing them to slide rather than roll. Also...the rear axle bearings should be repacked. That's a manual job and the shop manual gives instructions. If you don't already have copies of the parts and shop manuals...get them...they're more than worth the cost. A complete flush and fill of the cooling system is recommended. Before filling with fresh coolant pressure test the system and the cap also. New hoses should be in order as well. Any other issues that come up feel free to ask here. Welcome to the world of Avantis...one of the most unique, beautiful and frustrating automobiles to own.
  5. False...I've seen that car and took pics of it.
  6. LG4 has a single snorkel air cleaner...the L69 has a dual snorkel.
  7. Look in he new edition of Avanti Magazine in the classifieds...there's an ad for reproduction center caps like that bur without the "25th Anniversary" markings. You might check into using those and having the additional script lasered into them.
  8. Yes...that would have been a leftover body from the Studebaker contract...supposedly there were about one hundred fifty leftover bodies. If you look inside your front fender wells you should be able to see the fiberglass filler piece in the wheel arch.
  9. Contact Myer's Studebaker or Nostalgic Motors. I would think they can help you.
  10. Gunslinger

    Avanti Ad!

    Avanti Motors...in an article in Esquire Magazine if I remember correctly.
  11. Gunslinger

    Avanti Talk!

    It made sense for Bob Morrison to be agreeable...he was stuck with something like 150 Avanti bodies after Studebaker cancelled the contract when Avanti production was stopped. It was all upside for Morrison as otherwise he was stuck with otherwise unsellable product taking up space and a loss in the accounting ledger.
  12. Gunslinger

    Avanti Talk!

    Nate Altman and the President of the local bank...I can't remember the bank President's name but I think it was the First Source Bank. I'm outta town right now and can't look it up for sure. if I'm wrong on that then it may have between Nate and Bob Morrison of Molded Fiberglass.
  13. Besides the above there was also the fact that advertising the Avanti II as being equipped as standard with a Corvette Stingray engine...even the base 300 hp 327 was a promotional plus that other engines wouldn't be able to match...other than possibly the Ford 289 HiPo which would have required engineering changes Avanti Motors probably couldn't afford and needn't afford.
  14. Look at the corners of the windshield and more likely the door seals.
  15. Give Mike Myer a call at Myer's Studebaker. He makes an adapter plate and can answer all your questions on the install.
  16. Yep...I do not take part in the Book of Faces. My attitude is that anyone who matters to me knows how to contact me...those who don't, don't matter.
  17. That's pretty much normal for a '63. Beginning with the '64 model year Studebaker made some changes...they added an additional vent in the cowl with an inlet directing cooling air to that area to address the issue. Even then the result was only partly successful. Studebaker even designed a transparent cover for the quadrant to act as an insulator but I don't know if anyone has ever actually seen one of those installed.
  18. Avanti didn't have to engineer the Avanti for the Chebbie small-block...Studebaker had already done that for the '65-'66 Studebaker's. The only issues were whatever body clearances were necessary for the installation. It's commonly known Nate Altman didn't like the forward rake anyway...some additional body insulators and the fiberglass fill over the wheel arches took care of that. Other engines possibly could have been made to slip under the hood but that would have required a much higher investment of finances in place of the already engineered small block engine...plus the idea of using Corvette engines gave it a minimum performance level above what most other engines could've provided per dollar spent. My understanding was the Ford small block V8 would have been problematic as the oil sump was set up opposite the Chevy and Studebaker design...much redesign would likely have been necessary for such an installation...plus the parts for the switch from Studebaker to GM for the PowerShift transmission were already available. It may have been possible for an easy transmission use with the Ford engine as Ford also used Borg Warner trannies. In the end it probably came down to finances more than anything else...why rock the boat when the engineering was already done plus the marketing value using a Corvette engine?
  19. Just my opinion...but I don't care about authenticity for the Avanti II. There were so many individual changes and custom modifications to those cars specified by buyers and the factory few will know what is and isn't original or authentic. Mods for some Avanti II cars were a blessing compared to how some left the factory with truly ugly colors and interiors. My wife said the '70s weren't known as the "tasteless decade" without reason.
  20. I can't say for sure about a '78 but I think it would have been black which is what the engine would have come with from GM. I had a '78 Corvette L82 and it came with a black air cleaner cover though chrome covers were and are available from the aftermarket. In the smog and increased safety regulations era I can't see any car maker adding any more expense than necessary.
  21. The Granatellis were super sharp mechanics and had an intuitive sense of engineering and what works and what doesn't...and Andy also was a master at stretching the rules and even crossing the line without being caught to get what he wanted to win or get added publicity. Basically...Egbert said to Andy the results he wanted and Andy provided them as long as Egbert didn't ask too many questions how it was accomplished. I think that's referred to today as "plausible deniability".
  22. I would say false...the padded interior was standard...part of Studebaker's desire to promote the car as the safest car on the road..
  23. I'm guessing the first owner was Rodger Ward.
  24. 10.25:1 I believe. It was the base Corvette 327/300 hp engine. The 327/350 would have been higher.
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